HOME FRONT

Paris’ newest boutique hotels are gunning for a homey atmosphere — but also with strong neighborhood favor. In the hip Marais area, the four-star Hôtel du Petit-Moulin, designed by Christian Lacroix, features 17 apartment-like rooms, priced from 180 to 350 euros ($235 to $455 at current exchange). The 31-room Hôtel Esprit, in the heart of Saint-Germain, offers a 24-hour open bar in the lobby (included in the room price), a hammam and a contemporary decor accented with 18th-century details. Rooms run from 260 euros ($338) to 785 euros ($1,022) for a suite with rooftop views. Meanwhile, the new 30-room Hôtel Daniel off the Champs-Elysées features 26 rooms and a family atmosphere, albeit a well-traveled one. While the rooms are decorated with exotic objects from all over the world, the four-star inn mixes a baroque boudoir atmosphere for the lounge and a Chinese garden feeling in the bar-restaurant. Prices range from 320 euros to 690 euros ($415-$900).

Hôtel Esprit Saint-Germain, 22 Rue Saint-Sulpice,
Tel: 331-53-10-55-55.

Hôtel Daniel, 8 Rue Frederic Bastiat,
Tel: 331-42-56-17-00.

Hôtel du Petit-Moulin, 29-31 Rue de Poitou,
Tel: 331-42-74-10-10.

CARTOON CAPERS

Japanese filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki (famous for “Princess Mononoke”) is the subject of an exhibition at the Musée de la Monnaie at 11 Quai Conti on the Left Bank. It juxtaposes original Miyazaki drawings with those of French cult author Jean Giraud, better known as Moebius. Both infuse their work with the same surrealistic and dreamy view of a world inhabited with strange creatures and futuristic flying machines.

ARTS MAJOR

Juxtaposing Henri Cartier-Bresson’s photographs and Alberto Giacometti’s sculptures has made for an intriguing exhibition exploring the relationships between the two artists’ work, at the Cartier-Bresson foundation, through March 27. Stage director Robert Wilson, meanwhile, is showing drawings inspired by La Fontaine’s Fables at the Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé Foundation, through July 24. And Pierre Passebon

will feature Irina Ionesco’s stirring photographs of her daughter, Eva, in an exhibition opening Jan. 27. Meanwhile, Emanuel Perrotin, the contemporary art dealer, is celebrating his new space — a sumptuous 17th-century town house in the Marais — with a group show, including work by Takashi Murakami and Maurizio Cattelan.

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